If you want to protect your followers' privacy, you can make your follower lists private:
1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Preferences
3. Tick the "Hide your network" box
4. Select "Save Changes"
You will still see your list of followers, but others won't.
(This also hides the list of who you follow.)
@switchingsocial Which version is this in?
I'm not sure when this was introduced, but my instance is on 2.7.3.
dope, thanks for sharing!
Perhaps instead there should be something like a “private follow” - i.e., it's the follower's decision and on a per-follow basis. Not sure if the followee should be able to mark the follow private, but more marginal.
@edavies When I originally wrote https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-11-16_How_to_Mastodon I thought the same and said as much. But in all these months I have never done it. Not once. Have you?
@switchingsocial I have this turned on, and it prevents me from seeing who I follow, even when logged in as myself. (: Still useful though!
Weird... I can see my follows/followers without a problem
Don't know what is going on there...
this should be the default setting!
Erm... I'm not sure where you're getting your info, but I think that is already possible?
It even mentions this as a possibility in the official Mastodon video (at 01:28):
@switchingsocial I just checked the video, and I have to say, no, you do not.
I'm talking about this: https://discourse.joinmastodon.org/t/completely-private-instance/1574
Making an instance private to itself. With users from other instances not being able to search for users on that instance, see user profiles, see toots or images without being authenticated to that specific instance.
The thread you linked has this comment from one of the developers:
"Mastodon can be run in a firewalled mode, but we do not support it, since it runs counter to the principles of decentralization."
@switchingsocial At the time I was looking for a "social network" for my family, and my family only. I don't care about federation, in fact, I really don't want my family internal data federated at all, anywhere, not by default and not by user error.
You could try Friendica? That's got social network style features and it runs in unfederated mode very easily.
@switchingsocial Yeah, but try as I might, I couldn't find anything about a "firewalled mode".
@switchingsocial I thought this setting just delisted your profile from showing In public timelines
It is slightly ambiguously named 😕
"Hide Your Network" hides the contents of your public profile page's "follows" and "followers" sections.
You can hide your posts from public timelines using the manual post privacy setting below each post. You can set the default post privacy setting from "Settings > Preferences > Post Privacy" (see attached photo).
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.